|Death: ||Feb. 4, 2009, USA|
TAMPA — In 2001, Marley spent seven grim days amid the jumble of concrete, ash, glass shards and twisted steel that had been the World Trade Center, searching for any signs of life.
The black Labrador had been trained for just such life-saving missions by Capt. Mark Bogush of Tampa Fire Rescue. To the dog, it was all a game. Using her nose, eyes and ears won her treats.
All she found in New York were remains — corpses, body parts and belongings that may have held sentimental value.
Over the course of a decade, in the aftermath of Sept. 11, in Biloxi after Hurricane Katrina, in Port Charlotte after Charley slammed through, rescue crews called upon her honed senses.
But she never got that ultimate reward, she never found a survivor.
Still, Marley kept trying, even after retiring in 2006.
And now her search has ended. The 12-year-old died Wednesday.
Marley came down very suddenly with gastric dilatation-volvulus, or canine bloat, and had to be euthanized. Surgery would only have worsened her quality of life, Bogush said Friday.
Marley is survived by Lt. Mark Bogush, his wife, Kim, and his three children and the men and women of Tampa Fire Rescue.
(From St. Petersburg Times)
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Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Created by: J.A. & D.S.
Record added: Feb 07, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 33617921